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Re: not reading paper
If you toggle the Feed Switch button (lower left side of control panel) to the Front Tray, does the printer print then? What type of paper is selected in your Printer Settings on the computer? I think that if you have selected anything but Plain Paper, the driver wants you to load the paper (photo paper, etc.) in the Rear Tray.
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Try again! Remove the paper from the rear tray. Turn off the printer. Load the tray again making sure that it pressed frimly in and not over loaded - say about 30 sheets. Turn printer on again and see if it is ok. If still the same problem, get in touch with supplier or maker.
Remove the all orange tape from the outside of the printer.
Remove orange tape from paper tray 2.
Remove the orange packing tape from inside paper tray 3.
Remove the spacer from inside the print cartridge area.
Load all paper trays.
Pull the paper trays completely out of the printer.
Press the blue tab on the rear paper length guide and adjust the rear guide so that the pointer matches the size of the paper to be loaded.
Move the side width guides outward to match the desired paper size.
Add the media to the paper trays, make sure that it is flat in the tray at all four corners. Keep the media below the height tabs on the sides and rear of the tray. Push down on the metal lift plate to lock it in place.
Slide the trays back into the printer.
Install the print cartridge.
Remove the print cartridge from the packaging.
Rock the print cartridge back and forth several times to "mix" the toner.
Pull the sealing tape from the end of the print cartridge to remove the entire length of the tape.
Open the top cover.
Slide the print cartridge into the unit.
Close the print cartridge door.
Connect the LAN cable (optional). (HP LaserJet 2420n, 2420dn, 2430tn, and 2430dtn models only)
Dont know what you have already tried but first off verify that you are loading paper to the correct tray. Now this tray is going to have a switch located toward the feeder that tells the printer paper is loaded make sure the paper is back far enough but not to the point where you are forcing the paper into the feeder. If all this still doesnt work try reseting the printer and printing a test page. Hope this helps.
When you loaded the paper in the tray, did you tell it that the paper was A4 - it may be that on the printer or in the queue definition on the computer that the paper size for that tray is set to something else (eg letter) and the print you are sending is A4 so it is looking for paper but only thinks it has other sizes available.
Sounds like you have a mismatch in the paper you are trying to print on and the paper that is loaded in the printer. HP printers look to feed paper from tray 1 anytime the computer settings don't match the paper loaded in tray 2. Tray 1 is the multi purpose tray and prety much any size paper can be loaded in tray 1. Double check your document settings and double check the paper size loaded in the paper tray 2 and make sure they match. Also try printing a different document to see if the error persists. If it does this on everything you try to print you should also double check teh rear guide in the paper tray. There is a rear guide in paper tray 2. If it slides back too far it will make the printer think that paper longer than 8 1/2 x 11 is loaded. Push the paper all the way forward in the tray and push the rear guide until it is snug with the tail end of the paper stack.
It turns out that if you read the documentation VERY carefully it says that "if the application program specifies 8.5x11 plain paper and that is what is loaded in the front cassette you cannot print from the rear tray". It turns out that this is true even if you go to the printer driver and specify "rear tray" manually. The driver disregards the setting. You can force printing plain paper from the rear tray by going to the Canon "My Printer" icon and forcing ALL printing from the rear tray. If you do this, remember to change it back. You can also print plain paper from the rear tray if you specify the "allocation" option and the paper from the front cassette runs out. You can always print from the rear tray if the application that created the print job specifies something other than 8.5x11 without resorting to the forced override, e.g. printing a .jpg or .gif or something from an application like Paintshop or Printshop, etc.
I'm not sure if you've already checked this, but this was my issue. I, too, would try to print something and it would make a great deal of clunking noise but would then say that there was no paper and told me to load some. I went to the Canon site and before I actually went through the process of cleaning the print roller, I checked the feed switch button on the display panel. It's right below the ON/OFF button and, what do you know, it was set to feed from a paper cassette instead of the back loading tray. I pushed the button and it's now printing fine. I'm sure we must have accidentally hit the button when we were trying to turn the printer on or off quickly. Hope this does the trick! It's always nice when it's something easily fixed!